I'm not often one for serious conversation, but I am so glad to read so many of the posts over the last few days. All it has proved is that I trained like an absolute numpty for Paris and with hindsight I would have done it all so differently! Still you live and learn.......taken so much of it on board.
(It's about now I should thrown in a sexual innuendo of some sort to get back to normal)
Sounds exactly like me KS. I took the approach of running tedious 10 m/miles on my LSR's and I don't feel like I got any fitter, and come race day when it was supposed to be easier/faster.....I felt like I couldn't go any quicker! (I didn't).
Let's look into this then..... I ran all of my pb's a few years back on far less running, but definitely faster running. I was sprinting around a 7 mile reservoir round my way back then!
Hello everyone! All this talk of pace, training and my situation is so similar. A few years back when I was actually quite fit, I used to concentrate on running quick in training and not long. I've only done one 5 mile race (33 mins), one 10km (43 mins) and my best half is 1hr 36. However, when it comes to running a marathon my BEST time is 4hr 07. You can see from this that as soon as I have to go a bit further, I turn a bit rubbish!
I can only deduce that I haven't got it in me to run long and slow and should stick to shorter distances. I don't really enjoy long runs, hate plodding for hours and am so pleased that to get quicker I can mix it up in the gym with other stuff as per the advice on this thread. I've done nothing else apart from slow running recently and the thought of doing something else in the gym is all that is motivating me to put my trainers back on. Might enter a couple of races in the summer and do a bit of faster training beforehand then see how I go........